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amandadarling

03:02AM | 02/12/03
Member Since: 11/13/02
11 lifetime posts
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My house is 100 + years old and when I bought it 4 months ago the inspector said it was very strong and solid. I am having some work done to correct a sinking kitchen floor and the contractor discovered a problem with the foundation bricks in a few places in the basement under the kitchen. The mortar between some of the bricks is turning to sand and spilling out! Is there a way to stop this progression and repair it myself?... some kind of compound that I can "squeeze in" between the bricks, something akin to that wood stuff you can squeeze into rotting wood to firm it up again? So far everything is still very solid, all the bricks are firmly in place, but there is clearly quite a bit of missing mortar between some of them. Has anyone encountered this, or does anyone know a solution? Thank you!

Keith Martin

05:51AM | 02/19/03
Member Since: 01/15/03
20 lifetime posts
Amanda,

You can tuck point those bricks with mortar.

Use type "S" mortar with sand, You can usually buy it premixed at the lumber yard so all you have to do is add water.

Use a grout bag, (looks like a cake decorating bag) to apply the mortar to the joints. Tool the joints with a concave joint tool.

This will a little structural strength but more importantly will keep the old mortar from falling out.

Good Luck,

Keith

amandadarling

10:03AM | 02/19/03
Member Since: 11/13/02
11 lifetime posts
Thank you! I'll try it!
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